Sundance Institute’s Catalyst program builds a culture of partnership between independent investors and filmmakers. Each year, we endeavor to unlock funding for ambitious new independent films and to grow the community of indie-film supporters.
Catalyst brings together both new and experienced film investors through highly curated film financing opportunities, custom programming, and access to the Sundance Institute community. We offer new investors a guided entry into film financing, and we present our entire cohort with exceptional projects, intimate discussions about various aspects of the film business, and personalized support in developing partnerships with filmmakers.
We train selected filmmakers to effectively present their films for independent financing, and we provide them with continued support throughout the lives of their projects. We also offer Catalyst artists guidance in building successful investor relationships, access to mentorship, and critical project, pitch, and budgetary feedback. Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival alumni are uniquely eligible for this opportunity, and applications are solicited by invitation.
Our year-round program includes strategy workshops, artist and industry talks, social events, bespoke film financing opportunities, and the signature Catalyst Forum, a multi-day retreat that features a curated slate of projects seeking funds. As a result of six years of Catalyst gatherings, over $30 million has been raised to support nearly 90 fiction and nonfiction works.
Applications & Timeline
Catalyst applications are solicited by invitation only. When applying, you will be asked to upload your script (for fiction projects) or supply footage (for nonfiction projects), key team bios, budget total, financing raised and sought, production timeline, and links to previous work, among other key materials.
- March 2–June 12, 2020—Application period
- Early August 2020—Projects selected
- September or October 2020—Catalyst Forum